Paris Musette

Some cover finds are just so much if their time it’s hard to resist. This easy listening 12″ was issued in France on the Bel-Air label, founded in 1959. Curiously I cannot find the album on a web search BUT I think it may be a reissue of an earlier version, which came out in a sleeve featuring a shot of the Eiffel Tower – what else?!

Paris Musette.jpg

Bel Air apparently went went bankrupt at the end of 1965, so I imagine the company which took the label over quickly pushed out some of the back catalogue and decided to give this album a bit of a make over and feature a more modern teenage couple on the front instead.  It came out for a second time in 1965 (it isn’t dated anywhere but other albums with similar catalogue number help to confirm this). The very saturated colour photo is by Anne Marie Berger, while the designer is also named in the corner but in such as way as I cannot make out the name.  It is a very gallic couple, if nothing else the cap gives it away but the look particularly of the man is familiar from French films of the Sixties.  Bel Air also had a new label design done (I found the image below on the web), which is quite nice, black on orange with the logo also tinted across it.

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About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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